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Week 2 picks include Packers-Bears, 49ers-Lions, Broncos-Falcons


NFL Week 2
 
Last Week: 9-7 (.563); This Season: 9-7 (.563)
 
Thursday, Sept. 13
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN)Chicago Bears (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)
A chilly, rainy day should give way to a fast track and no rain tonight, which will be a good thing for two power passing games -- and the chances for the Bears to break their 1-6 recent schneid again the Pack. If they do, it'll be because of their big receivers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, giving them the kind of offensive attack they haven't had since Jay Cutler came to town. But I like Green Bay, because the Packers are too good on offense to play as poorly as they did last week ... and because I don't think Aaron Rodgers will see the kind of pressure against Chicago that he saw against the 49ers' incredibly deep front seven.
 
Sunday, Sept. 16
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
A week ago, I never thought I'd pick the Ravens to win at the Linc, but I saw what I saw in Week 1, and so did you. I saw Mike Vick look lousy and I saw Joe Flacco look Manningish. And this Dennis Pitta ... if you need a tight end in fantasy football, go get him. Now.
 
1 p.m. ET (FOX)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
Greg Schiano has infused his Bucs with one word on defense: "swarm." That's what they did against Carolina in the game-one stunner in Tampa, and I think they can do it again -- but only if Aqib Talib and Eric Wright cover the way they covered the Panthers receivers last week.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Bengals are 12-3 in the last 15 meetings in this used-to-be-great rivalry, and I don't see it changing with Joe Haden out for the next four weeks. A.J. Green should have a big day.
 
1 p.m. ET (FOX)Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
I'm waiting to see what kind of contest Jimmy Irsay has for the first win of the Luck era. Think, Jimmy, think!
 
1 p.m. ET (FOX)Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0)
Alarming Stat of Last Week: Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams combined to rush 15 times for 23 yards against Seattle. Now, Seattle's got a potential top-five defense, understood. But you can't rush for 23 yards and win many games in this league, particularly with a quarterback situation as muddled as Arizona's. And Bill Belichick watches tape.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)
In the Crushing Disappointments of Week 1 Bowl, I'm more a believer in the Bills' defensive front finally earning its money (I mean you, Mario Williams) than I am a believer that Matt Cassel will go to Orchard Park and put up 300 yards and some points.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Houston Texans (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
For all of you uber-sensitive Floridians who say I never praise anything Jaguar, Blaine Gabbert played well last week in Minnesota. Better than I expected. The best Jag on the field, though, was tackle Eugene Monroe, who didn't let Jared Allen get much of a sniff of Gabbert. Gabbert's going to feel more pressure this week, and recently extended Matt Schaub should have a good day against the Jags secondary.
 
1 p.m. ET (FOX)New Orleans Saints (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
For an intense rivalry, you don't hear much about Saints-Panthers. But it's been close forever -- all-time series: Carolina 17, New Orleans 17 -- and there's been a good bit of nastiness. The Panthers seem ticked off the Saints compiled 45 points and 617 yards in a 45-17 New Orleans blowout to close last season. Doubt that'll happen again. The Saints will try to get their running game going this week, to keep the ball out of Cam Newton's hands.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Miami Dolphins (0-1)
Darren McFadden should get more than 118 yards when he touches the ball 28 times, as he did Monday night. Thirteen catches! He had 19 in seven games last year. Can you say, "hot receiver?" He was boiling against the Chargers. Speaking of hot receivers, nothing like a mid-afternoon, mid-September game in south Florida.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)Washington Redskins (1-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-1)
All those who thought the Redskins would start 2-0 with a rookie quarterback, raise your hands in a Griffining pose.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
In the first crack in the Russell Wilson mania sweeping Seattle, here's an interesting note from former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen on KJR in Seattle, from Millen's study of the all-22 tape: Of Wilson's 34 passes at Arizona last week, eight times he definitely threw to the wrong receiver (by Millen's estimation), and on six additional passes he thinks most offensive coordinators would say Wilson made the wrong decision. So that's 14 of 34 throws Millen believes Wilson chose the wrong target. Not good. Dallas' pass rush and improved secondary won't help this week.
 
4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)New York Jets (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
I'd be surprised if the concussed Darrelle Revis doesn't play, but in case he doesn't, add 10 points to the Steelers' total here. At least. Kyle Wilson on Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown ... I don't like the young Wilson's chances there. The debut of the Timmycat -- at least the one with some interesting wrinkles -- should come around dinnertime at Heinz Field for Tim Tebow, as offensive coordinator Tony Sparano unveils some of the stuff he didn't need to use in the blowout of the Bills last week.
 
4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)Tennessee Titans (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-0)
The pesky Titans rebound. The formerly dormant Chargers D continues to rise. Philip Rivers does enough.
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Detroit Lions (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
I know having a new toy is fun, but the Niners need to keep Randy Moss under wraps. Twenty snaps a week is fine, because you want the guy ready to play in January. I say that this week because I can see him scoring again, and getting the crowd fired up, and getting the offensive staff excited with what he adds to the offense, but remember the plan -- keep Moss alive for five months, not five games.
 
Monday, Sept. 17
 
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Denver Broncos (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Shootouts are fun, especially when two quarterback automatons are competing. Drafted 10 years apart, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan are as much alike as any two quarterbacks playing today -- in terms of study, work habits and anal-retentiveness. And production, when Ryan's on. If these teams had played Week 1, I might have picked a different outcome. But with one of the league's best corners, Brent Grimes, lost to Atlanta for the season with an Achilles injury, I can't see Denver being held down.
 
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